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Reed’s Williams impresses at AAU Junior Olympic Games
by Aaron Retherford
Aug 01, 2011 | 1412 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Just over a month ago, soon-to-be Reed sophomore Gabby Williams was chosen by Gatorade as the top girls track and field athlete in Nevada following her stellar freshman campaign.

Williams showed that recognition was no fluke when she took her talents on the national stage and dazzled once more.

At the 2011 AAU Junior Olympic Games Track & Field/Multi-Events Championships in New Orleans, Williams took second in the Intermediate girls high jump by clearing 5 feet 8 inches. She also claimed third in the Intermediate girls Heptathlon, a collection of seven events: the 100-meter dash, the high jump, the shot put, the 200-meter dash, the long jump, the javelin and the 800 meters.

Williams’ time of 15.77 seconds in the 100 meters was good enough for 11th and 743 points. She only jumped 5 feet 5 inches in the high jump, but it put her in a tie for third and was worth 795 points.

In the shot put, she took 12th with her distance of 26 feet 4.5 inches and scored 402 points for her effort.

In the 200 meters, Williams crossed the finish line in ninth place with a time of 26.59 seconds, adding 746 points to her total.

On Day 2, Williams struggled in the long jump and the javelin, placing 21st and 10th respectively. She scored 487 points in the long jump, jumping 15 feet 6.25 inches. Her throw of 82 feet 8 inches in the javelin handed her 386 points.

To close out the competition, Williams won the 800 meters with a time of 2:25.05, which gave her 756 points.

Williams tallied 4,315 points, leaving her 159 points out of second place. However, Kendell Williams of Kennesaw, GA left all her competitors in the dust, breaking the national record with 5,170 points. The Intermediate girls level is for 15- and 16-year-olds. The two girls placing ahead of Gabby Williams in the heptathlon were a year older than her.

The first two days of the championships were for the multi-events competitions. Gabby Williams still has the 100m hurdles left on her slate. Her seed time of 15.05 seconds is the 18th fastest at the Intermediate girls level.

Of the 10 members of the Raiders Youth Track Club that qualified for the week-long national competition, only two traveled. Besides Williams, Spencer Stockton, who will be a senior at Reed this fall, competed in the Young men’s Decathlon. The Young men’s division is for 17- and 18-year-olds.

Stockton totaled 5,139 points over the 10 events in the Decathlon. Lane Austell of Germantown, Tenn. won the decathlon with 6,318 points.

Stockton claimed a trio of top 10 finishes, including first place in the discus with his throw of 136 feet 3 inches. The 696 points he earned in that event was actually only the second most he picked up. By running an 11.46-second 100 meters, he placed eighth and took 761 points.

Stockton’s second-best finish in an event was his tie for fifth in the long jump as he leaped a distance of 20 feet 5.25 inches, earning 637 points.

In other events, Stockton took 15th in the shot put (521 points), 13th in the high jump (544), 16th in the 400m (655), 28th in the 110m hurdles (396), 11th in the pole vault (369), 16th in the javelin (360) and 35th in the 1500m (200).
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